These are definitely teenagers with attitude. The trailer for Saban’s Power Rangers from Lionsgate has premiered online ahead of the scheduled panel at New York Comic Con this weekend. Thematically (and literally) darker than the cult TV show from 1993, the trailer introduces Rangers unlike any we’ve seen before.
Featuring a more mountainous and rural Angel Grove than the sun-drenched California town it was in the TV series, the Power Rangers film follows kids who aren’t best friends or star students. These Rangers are broken young people with nothing in common. Jason has wrecked his dad’s truck — apparently not for the first time — while Billy and Trini are victims of severe bullying. Kimberly also struggles to fit in with her gymnastics team. Meanwhile, Zack — well, Zack is kind of doing his own thing, looking cool perched on a cliff. He actually seems fine.
Also in the trailer is Elizabeth Banks as the evil Rita Repulsa, who actually tortures the Rangers herself without the help of her monster minions. “I’ve killed Rangers before,” she says. Damn! This really is a different Power Rangers story, compounded with Jason and Kimberly actually kissing (which never happened in the TV show). Superhero movies of this type tend to suffer, like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but because it’s Power Rangers, the changes look refreshing and exciting. There’s also quite a bit of humor tossed in, mostly coming from RJ Cyler’s Billy.
Here’s Jason (Darce Montgomery) and Billy (RJ Cyler) in Saturday detention, with Jason fending off a bully from Billy.
Zack (Ludi Lin) apparently just chills and takes in a view in his free time. Check out Angel Grove — this ain’t California.
Here are the Rangers in what appears to be their home base, the Command Center, which is now underwater instead of in a desert. There’s some training done by Trini (Becky G), Kimberly (Naomi Scott), and a hooded figure, who could be Zack or even Billy.
Kimberly and Jason kiss! That’s the dream come true for a lot of Power Rangers shippers. In the TV show, Kimberly was the love interest of Tommy, the Green Ranger, who will not appear in the film (as far as we can tell).
It’s Morphin’ time.
Check out the trailer below.
Power Rangers, directed by Dean Israelite, hits theaters on March 24, 2017.